Newcastle United had a massive problem with creativity last season but they may be about to plug that gap in their squad, with the Daily Star reporting that Steve McClaren is about to name Florian Thauvin as his first signing.
Nobody knows how true this report is but I can tell you now, if it does turn out to be true then Newcastle fans should be incredibly pleased with their team's first bit of business this summer.
Florian Thauvin is a 22-year-old French playmaker. He is currently contracted to Marseille of Ligue 1. He has been linked with Newcastle many times before and he seems to be one of those players who Newcastle have been "following" for years now.
He was linked with the Magpies when he was at Bastia too, but he opted to sign for Marseille where at the time he would be getting Champions League football.
Thauvin started his career at the now liquidated club of Grenobles. He made his league debut for in a 1-1 draw against Vannes in 2011. Following the liquidation of his club, he saw them be relegated to amateur football in a non professional league.
This prompted him to leave the club and he went on to sign his first ever professional contract with Bastia in Ligue 1. He made his debut there in a 3-1 win over Bordeaux.
In January 2013 he signed for Lille for a reported fee of €3 million, but he was sent back out on loan to Bastia in a six-month deal.
When he returned to Lille he never actually got the chance to play for the first team. He then moved to the Stade Velodrome with Marseille in the summer of the same year. The deal was a five-year deal of which he still has three years left at Marseille, they payed €15 million for him so they will at least want their money back.
Thauvin was tipped as one of the 10 best young players in Europe by the Observer. Even the Toulouse manager Alain Casanova has been singing the praises of Thauvin, calling him 'a player in the image of Franck Ribery' and saying that he is capable of 'disrupting any team'.
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By this standard, Newcastle would be getting a phenomenal young player who has really proved himself in Ligue 1 already. Marseille have already said that ideally they don't want to sell him, but they have a lot of financial issues at the moment, meaning that if they are offered a decent amount of money for him, they will probably take it.
I would imagine they would be happy if they got the money back that they paid for Thauvin, they may want a bit more for him. If Marseille fail to get through their qualification game for the Champions League, they will lose out on a lot of money and will be in massive trouble. Maybe they should cash in on Thauvin while they can and give themselves a plan B in case it all goes pear shaped for them. Just a thought.
I think Thauvin would be great for the Premier League and especially for Newcastle. People are saying that West Ham have just signed the Premier League's new most creative player in Dimitri Payet, but should Newcastle pull off this signing, Payet might just have competition.
This in my eyes, is a move to please all parties. Marseille get their money back, maybe even more than that, Newcastle get a brilliant young player and Thauvin gets to play for a fantastic club with amazing fans in the best league in the world. So why wouldn't this deal go through?
There's no stumbling blocks... Oh wait, Newcastle and their transfer policy.
As long as Newcastle finally do what Mike Ashley promised the fans and 'bolt on the horse' then this should all go very smoothly.
I very much look forward to seeing Thauvin in a black and white shirt, hopefully. I can't stress enough how great of a move this is for Newcastle, so Mike Ashley, pull out your finger and get it done.
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